KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung reportedly has discontinued plans to launch its Linux based Tizen mobile operating system in favour of an Android based project.
That's according to Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, who tweeted this week, "Tizen is almost dead." This comes amid speculation that Samsung has delayed the launch of the mobile operating system by two months as it apparently works to improve the quality of the apps available.
Tizen is almost dead. It isn't delay. That's cancel of the whole project. I doubt that samsung will launch more than one device for 2014
— Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) July 3, 2013
Murtazin added that Samsung is unlikely to launch more than one device running the Tizen mobile operating system, suggesting that it has a handset ready but won't continue to develop the operating system futher. Little is known about Samsung's upcoming Tizen handset, although previous rumours had suggested that the firm was working on a Tizen variant of its flagship Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone.
With Tizen canned, Samsung, along with Intel who it had partnered with on the open source operating system, reportedly will start working on an Android based project that Murtazin called "more interesting in all ways".
That's pretty much all we know about the supposed plans, and although this is little more than a rumour it's worth noting that Murtazin is usually right about this sort of thing, having correctly reported on the demise of Samsung's Bada operating system.
Samsung has yet to comment on the rumours. µ